M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2021 – Snow Whitening Revisited, by New Cambodian Artists (Cambodia)
M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2021 – Snow Whitening Revisited, by New Cambodian Artists (Cambodia)

M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2021 – Snow Whitening Revisited, by New Cambodian Artists (Cambodia)

Two Cambodian dancers in their early twenties reflect on their efforts to get a grip on their lives as female contemporary artists in a popular provincial tourist destination. COVID-19 has changed the town into a dystopian movie set: a huge temple complex with no visitors, hundreds of hotels, restaurants and bars closed and empty, all expats gone, no tuktuks. Over 50% of the population is unemployed and the government made a new law that forbids women to wear short skirts.

The dancers hang on to each other, trying to keep their balance using the language they learned. Sometimes it feels like you’re dying, sometimes you talk to your inner voice and you liberate yourself by dancing in your underwear.

The voices of family and friends are always present: “Why are you an artist? Why are you not like everyone else? Why aren’t you married? We found you a husband.”

And there is always the shadow of the past—the female artists, dancers, and millions of others murdered by the Khmer Rouge. The history of our country, our parents, us—frozen in time.

Snow White and an Apsara in a short dress snow over their history and slowly, hand in hand, they walk out the door.

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